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"backup location is not available" vista restore

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Have finished a system recovery for Windows Vista on my PC.  Have all my files and folders backed up on an external hard-drive.  Windows restore recognises that they are there, but I can't restore them:  'backup location is not available'...  It's obvious that my laptop is not talking to the external hard drive but I don't know who to fix this.

Help very much appreciated
thanks
Paul
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Firstly can you copy the content of the external drive to a folder on the laptop?

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Yes, can save the contents of (G: - external drive) in Documents.  Doing that now.
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Once loaded, retry the restore from the copy on the hard drive. This may fail. Fair chance you will have to take ownership of the files/folders. A reasonably straight forward method here - http://www.mydigitallife.info/2007/05/25/easier-way-to-take-ownership-and-grant-access-files-or-directories-in-vista/

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Many thanks for your help - now up and running again
Best
Paul
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by:phlip79
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Hey,
I'm having what seems to be the same issue and I'm looking at the solution and really don't understand... which is to say, i think I may understand but not enough that I'm satisfied I won't screw up my computer.

I've transfered everything into my documents and downloaded the script for taking control of my files. From here, it's all Greek to me.

What do I do?
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